Back to Mac: Student Guide to Winter 2022

January 18, 2022 |
Contributed by McMaster University

This winter, McMaster will be welcoming students, faculty and staff back to campus incrementally, alignment with the latest government and public health measures. This guide is intended to provide key information and resources you will need to come on-site for work. 

Preparing to return to campus


Before coming to campus each day

  • Bring your mask. General information on masking can be found here. 
  • Use MacCheck before coming to campus to complete your daily health screening. A green check mark means you are clear to attend a McMaster site that day.


While on campus

  • Keep at least 2 metres distance from others except in designated instructional areas such as classrooms, laboratories, libraries.
  • Wear your mask covering your nose, mouth and chin.
  • Sanitize your hands when entering a building and follow safety signs on campus.
  • Follow the guidelines for spaces and eating on campus. 


Need to self-isolate?

  • Report to the university through Mosaic if you test positive for COVID-19 on a rapid test or a PCR test and have attended a McMaster location in the past 14 days.
  • Follow the province’s current isolation guidelines. 
  • Students are encouraged to use the McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF) through Mosaic if their screening results recommend that they isolate and are not permitted to come to campus.  
    • For Winter 2022 term, the MSAF will cover missed work for up to 5 days. 
    • Students will be able to access any additional MSAF forms through their Faculty Academic Advising Office if they need to miss additional class time due to illness, isolation or other personal reasons.  


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